Dem research for Bill Nelson: Blocking Donald Trump is good politics
The Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund today released polling of 14 states in which Democrats will be defending U.S. Senate seats in 2018 -- including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson. Voters, they found want Senate Democrats to serve as a check and balance on the new president and congressional Republicans even if it means blocking his initiatives "on many occasions."
The December poll of 1206 voters included fewer than 100 Floridians, so making sweeping conclusions about the Sunshine State electorate is risky. But it nonetheless offers useful guidance to Sen. Nelson, said Neera Tanden, President and CEO of CAP Action.
"For Sen. Nelson, the whole array of issues that he' been associated with and championed and fought for, he's on very strong ground as he looks toward reelection, according to the results of this poll," Tanden said, specifically mentioning Nelson's commitment to Medicare and Medicaid.
More findings including in a memo by Democratic pollster Geoff Garin:
###Voters in those Senate battleground states (Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) "put a very high priority on cleaning up corruption and financial conflicts of interest in government, and most voters in these states believe that Donald Trump is not doing enough to avoid conflicts of interests between his business holdings and his role as president."
####The desire for Democrats to be a check and balance on Donald Trump reflects the fact that many of Trump’s own voters are ambivalent and uncertain about him. While 61% of those who voted for Donald Trump say they supported him
strongly, a substantial minority (37%) say they supported him with mixed feelings.
Among all voters in the 14 states, only 39% say they have confidence that Donald Trump will do a good job as president. Nearly as many (37%) say they doubt that Trump will do a good job, while another 23% say they feel somewhere in between.
###Two-thirds of voters in the Senate battleground states believe that Russia under Vladimir Putin poses a serious danger to the United States, and a majority of voters think it is important for Congress to conduct an independent investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere with the U.S. elections.
####The positions of Donald Trump and his appointees on healthcare issues are deeply at odds with the priorities of battleground state voters, and constitute the largest source of vulnerability for Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. This is the case especially on the question of Medicare privatization, but also applies to cuts in Medicaid spending, the decision to repeal the Affordable Care Act before presenting a replacement plan, and the effort to cut off funding for the healthcare services provided by Planned Parenthood.